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Erika Wennerstrom – Extraordinary Love

Extraordinary Love by Erika Wennerstrom is today’s Track of the Day. This is another one of those tracks I discovered on my Facebook feed, this time the recommendation came from 89.7 WNKU, my go to radio station since I moved to Cincinnati in September 2014 through to it’s demise last October. I need to write a post about that station, watch this space!

Extraordinary Love is the first track to be released from Erika Wennerstrom’s forthcoming album, Sweet Unknown on the Partisan Records label This is her first solo album, for the past fifteen years she’s been leading the Heartless Bastards, who were initially formed in Cincinnati. They are now based in Austin Texas, but I did see them perform in Cincinnati a couple of years ago at the Midpoint Music Festival. If I remember rightly they performed in the grounds of the Christian Morelein brewery. At the time they were touring their Restless Ones album, which I bought a few days later and I still play on a regular basis.

As for Extraordinary Love, it’s an amazing track, lasting over six minutes, which, according to a Rolling Stone article was inspired a trip Erika Wennerstrom took through the Amazon, on an Ayahuasca retreat. OK, I have to admit that until reading the Rolling Stone article, I had no idea what Ayahuasca was.  A quick bit of research on t’interweb revealed that it wasn’t something I could indulge in, either here in the USA or back home in the UK.

The Rolling Stone article describes the track as a “droning technicolor epic” which is a pretty accurate description and I can’t wait to hear the full album when it is released in March.

In the meantime, here’s the video which supported the release of Extraordinary Love by Erika Wennerstrom.

And here’s my Track of the Day playlist:

 

 

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Big Big Train – Wassail

Track of the Day – 01.24.16

Big Big Train – Wassail

Big Big Train - Wassail

 

 

 

 

 

Wassail by Big Big Train is today’s Track of the Day. “Why Wassail?” I hear you say. Well….

I listen to WNKU during my drive back home from work and every Thursday, they have a feature called Five o’clock Tails, when Molly Wellman talks to the host about various cocktails. It’s one of my favorite features, particularly when she talks about the history of the cocktail. This last Thursday, she talked about Wassail,a hot mulled punch, and the tradition of Wassailing. Being from England, I’m quite familiar with the Wassailing tradition and now I’m living here in Cincinnati, it was cool to hear about this whilst driving home through Ohio!

Although I love living in Cincinnati, every now and again I miss England, when I do I tend to listen to Big Big Train. I’ve heard their music described as “English Pastoral” which is a pretty accurate description.

Their Big Big Train EP was released last year and, in addition to Wassail, includes a couple of other fine studio tracks, Lost Rivers of London and Mudlarks, together with a live version of Master James of St George, from their 2009 album, The Underfall Yard.

Here’s their promo video for Wassail

And I have ever told you…

Well unfortunately, I haven’t seen Big Big Train live, I had tickets for one of their few live performances last year, but I was this side of the Atlantic and the gig was the other side!

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Dawg Yawp – Two Hearted

Today’s Track of the Day, I Wanna Be A Dawg, comes from Dawg Yawp’s Two Hearted EP. I’ve been hearing quite a lot of Dawg Yawp on WNKU and I’ve been meaning to buy their EP for some time now.

Dawg Yawp - Two Hearted

 

 

 

 

 

I first saw them at the Sayler Park Sustains festival last June, when they performed a great set. They had me from the start, when they did a brilliant cover of White Winter Hymnal by the Fleet Foxes, one of my favorite bands. The rest of the set stood up well to that opener, which is no mean feat.

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Here they are performing I Wanna Be A Dawg at the WNKU studios

 

So there you have it, I Wanna Be A Dawg by Dawg Yawp, Track of the Day for 01/18/16. Not bad hey? And best of all their from Cincinnati!

 

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Guesthouse – David Wax Museum

Guesthouse by David Wax Museum is my latest Track of the Day. Like so much of the new music I’ve bought this year, I heard it first on WNKU. And have I ever told you…

Yes, I’ve seen David Wax Museum live! In fact I mentioned them in my last post, I don’t just throw these posts together you know!

I saw them back in 2013 supporting the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds. I don’t remember much about the gig, but I did buy their Knock Knock Get Up album from their merchandise store, so they must have been good!

I’d not heard anything from the band since then until a couple of weeks ago, I heard Guesthouse on WNKU during my drive to work. I wasn’t immediately hooked, but having heard it a few times now, I love it! It’s from the album of the say name, which is now on my wishlist…

So Guesthouse by David Wax Museum is my latest Track of the Day, and here’s a live performance of Guesthouse:

And here’s some links to get hold of the albums from Amazon:

Knock Knock Get Up

David Wax Museum - Knock Knock Get Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guesthouse

David Wax Museum - Guesthouse

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Track of the Day

Track of the Day, “what’s that all about?” I hear you say. Actually I didn’t hear anyone say anything, but it’s as good a way as any to introduce this new feature to my blog. Each day, when I remember (So not every day then!?) or until I get bored, I’m going to share a track on here. It might be a track I hear on the radio, on the TV, at the cinema or if all else fails, one from my music collection.

Talking of radio, since starting my new job a few months ago, I spend 90 minutes a day listening to WNKU and that’s one of my main sources of new music. They’ve recently started playing a track from a local band each hour, which is a great idea!

So, what’s today’s Track of the Day. Well this a track I’ve heard a couple of times on the radio this week, it’s called Times Square and it’s by a band called Destroyer. I’d never heard of them until hearing this. With a name like Destroyer, I’d expect their music to be heavy metal. I’m sure back in the day, over in the UK, in my long haired head-banging days, there was a NWOBHM band called Destroyer. “What’s NWOBHM?” I hear you say. (It’s that imaginary voice again!) NWOBHM stood for New Wave of British Heavy Metal, it was a term used by music journalists to bracket bands like Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Saxon and their like.

Anyway, back to Times Square by Destroyer, the DNHM band. (DNHM = Definitely Not Heavy Metal). I’ve just been reading the blurb about Destroyer on the Merge Records label website and it turns out that Times Square was “deemed best new track” by Pitchfork, which is no mean recommendation. Also in that same blurb, there’s an extract from a review of Poison Season, the album from which Times Square is taken, in which reference is made to Al Stewart‘s Year of the Cat. Now there’s a song and Have I ever told you…

Yes, I’ve seen Al Stewart live! I saw him at Glastonbury Festival a few years ago, and he played Year of the Cat! Now that was a moment! I love that song, so here it is…

Meanwhile back on Times Square, take a look at this

Pretty neat or what?

So there you have it, Times Square by Destroyer, my first Track of the Day.

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Yours Dreamily – The Arcs

Loving Yours Dreamily by The Arcs, the latest CD of the Month from WNKU.

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And have I ever told you, I’ve seen Dan Auerbach live? Well I have, a couple of times in fact.

 

Firstly, I saw him with the Black Keys at Glastonbury Festival in 2011, although I have to confess I don’t recall much of the set, due to a combination of tiredness and alcohol! So as a reminder, how about this…

 

The second time was much more memorable, I saw him perform with Dr John in the Ryman Auditorium at the 2013 Americana Music Awards, and that was one hell of a performance, check this out…

 

As for Yours Dreamily, I don’t think there’a duff track on the album, but my favorite is Chains of Love, which features Mariachi Flor de Toloache in the chorus. I’ve just a read a review by Rolling Stone and they describe them as “ghostly Shangri-Las“, which is a pretty neat, and apt, description! I’ve just checked  out Mariachi Flor de Toloache, and apparently they’re the first all-female Mariachi bandso that’s as good an excuse as any to share this…

Meanwhile, back to The Arcs, and I’ll sign off with the official video for Outta My Mind

 

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WNKU Member!

Since moving to the USA from the UK, I’ve struggled to find a radio station to match those I listened to in the UK. Most of the stations both in Georgia, where I lived for nearly a year, and in and around the Cincinnati area were either packed with commercials and/or were niche stations featuring one genre of music. But that has now changed, I’ve discovered WNKU! I’ve listened to the station at various times of the day and week, and have always come across some great music. In fact at the end of June, I became a sustaining member of WNKU, donating $50 per month,which entitles me to receive their CD of the month.

This last week on WNKU I’ve come across and downloaded two great tracks, which I know I would probably not have heard on any of the other stations I’d listened to in the past.

The first was The Eye – Brandi Carlile , an artist I’d never heard of before. On first listening to it, I thought it was Holly Williams, one of my favorite artists. I’ve just noticed from her twitter feed that The Eye – Brandi Carlile has just been selected as one of NPR‘s best songs of 2015 so far!

Here’s the official video for The Eye – Brandi Carlile:-

The Eye is taken from , The Firewatcher’s Daughter – Brandi Carlile, which is definitely on my wishlist!

The second new track I downloaded this week, after listening to it on WNKU, was Falling from the Sky – Calexico. Now I have heard of Calexico and have heard a few of their tracks on Bob Harris’s radio show back in the UK. Falling from the Sky – Calexico is taken from their latest album, Edge of the Sun

Here’s the official video for Falling from the Sky – Calexico:-

I’ve just read Pitchfork’s review of the album and I’ve found out that Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, one of my favorite groups, appears on Falling from the Sky, which probably explain why I’ve played this track a dozen times already this week!

So that’s two albums on my wishlist!

 

Calexico - Edge of the Sun

Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter

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